Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

The starvation of Yemen continues

December 1, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The starvation of Yemen's civilian population is one of the greatest man-made disasters of this century, and it has been brought about in large part by U.S.-backed clients as they pursue a senseless and atrocious war against one of the world's poorest countries. When the starvation of Yemen occasionally receives some decent coverage, there is barely any mention of the responsibility of the Saudi-led coalition and its Western patrons for helping to create these horrible conditions. The coalition and its Western backers, including the U.S., are not the only ones responsible, but they bear the largest responsibility because they are the ones that have been blockading the country and devastating its infrastructure and ports with bombs, and they were the ones that escalated and prolonged the war for all this time." (12/01/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-starvation-of-yemen-continues-2/  

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Kashmir: Three Indian troops killed in attack on army base

November 29, 2016
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Armed militants stormed a major Indian army base near the Pakistani border early Tuesday, killing three soldiers. Police said four militants had also been killed in a stand-off with security forces inside the command centre in Indian-occupied Kashmir that lasted most of the day. It was the most audacious attack on an Indian military base since September, when 19 soldiers were killed in an assault." (11/29/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1247754/two-indian-soldiers-killed-attack-army-base/  

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Turkey: Officials allege Syrian rebels exposed to “chemical gas”

November 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"In a statement released Sunday, Turkish officials alleged Syrian rebels were exposed to 'chemical gas' during a missile attack launched by the Islamic State. According to Turkey's state news agency Anadolu, at least 22 soldiers displayed signs of exposure to toxic gas. The attack happened in the Khalidiyah region of northern Syria. The attacked soldiers are Syrian members of Operation Euphrates Shield, a group that includes Turkish military forces and allied rebel groups." (11/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/27/Turkey-officials-allege-Syrian-rebels-exposed-to-chemical-gas/2431480269716/  

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Syria: Sailor becomes first acknowledged US casualty

November 26, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"The American sailor killed on Thanksgiving in Syria died from wounds he suffered when a remote-controlled bomb exploded as he was trying to defuse it, military officials said Friday. Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., is the first American service member to die in the conflict. Davis was a member of the Navy’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, based in Virginia Beach, Va." (11/26/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/soldier-killed-syria-article-1.2887350  

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Trump and the war on Yemen

November 23, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Halting U.S. support for the atrocious Saudi-led war would be a smart move and a welcome change, and I hope it happens. The Saudi-led coalition depends on U.S. weapons and refueling to carry on their campaign, and they would be hard-pressed to continue without that assistance. Ending U.S. backing for the war could force the coalition and the Hadi government to accept a compromise that they have refused to consider so far. I'm skeptical that Trump would do this for a few reasons." (11/22/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-the-war-on-yemen/  

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Kashmir: Three Indian soldiers killed near frontier with Pakistan

November 22, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Three Indian soldiers were killed Tuesday along the highly militarized de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between India and Pakistan, army officials said. Army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia said the attackers also mutilated the body of one soldier in Machil sector in Indian-controlled Kashmir. 'Retribution will be heavy for this cowardly act,' he said. Kalia did not specify if the attack was carried out by Pakistani soldiers or rebels fighting since 1989 against Indian rule in the region." (11/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/3-indian-soldiers-killed-near-kashmir-frontier-with-pakistan/2016/11/22/2282a8ec-b0aa-11e6-bc2d-19b3d759cfe7_story.html  

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Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Hits Shiite Baqir-ul Ulom Mosque in Kabul, Killing 27

November 21, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"At least 27 worshippers were killed Monday after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a packed mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials said. ... The attack took place on the first floor of the two-story building where Shiite worshipers had gathered to commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and an iconic Shiite martyr, in Karbala, Iraq in 680 A.D, according to a Associated Press report from the scene." (11/21/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/how-all-female-isis-morality-police-khansaa-brigade-terrorized-mosul-n685926  

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Syria: Aleppo pounded by “heaviest bombardment’ since war began

November 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Syrian regime forces pounded eastern Aleppo Sunday with airstrikes for a sixth day straight, bringing the death toll to around 300 in the most intense bombing since the war began five years ago, rescuers say. The Syrian regime resumed heavy bombardment over eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after a three-week lull, killing at least 289 people by Saturday, according to the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, who said the past six days marked the most forceful bombardment they had seen. ... on Sunday, the bloodshed continued -- four children and their parents were killed in a suspected chemical attack as a barrage of barrel bombs struck their neighborhood, al-Sakhour, according to the UK-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center activist group." (11/20/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/middleeast/syria-aleppo-airstrikes/  

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Syria: Russians launch new offensive, airstrikes hit Aleppo

November 16, 2016
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Military Times    

"Russia launched new strikes in Syria on Tuesday involving carrier-borne jets and long-range missiles as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. According to activists, between four and 10 people were killed in the strikes on Aleppo, raising concerns of a return to daily deadly bombardment in Syria's largest city. The Russian blitz began hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against what the Kremlin called their No. 1 enemy -- '"international terrorism and extremism.'" (11/15/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/russia-launches-new-offensive-airstrikes-hit-syrias-aleppo  

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Afghanistan: At least four dead in suicide attack at Bagram air base

November 12, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A man wearing a suicide vest killed at least four people inside the largest NATO military base in Afghanistan early Saturday, a senior U.S. military official told NBC News. Around 14 others were injured in the attack on Bagram Airfield, according to a statement released by the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The attack occurred around 5:30 a.m. local time as people were gathering for a post-Veterans Day fun run. There was no immediate word on the identities of the victims." (11/12/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/suicide-attack-kills-least-4-bagram-airfield-afghanistan-n682866  

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Afghanistan: Two dead in Taliban attack on German consulate

November 11, 2016
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Business Standard [India]    

"At least two persons were killed and more than two dozen injured in an overnight Taliban car bombing against German consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, local officials said on Friday. 'One terrorist detonated a car bomb near the gate of German Consulate office late Thursday night, killing himself and one other person and injuring 28 others,' a security source told Xinhua news agency. UN official sources put the number of the injured at 90 by the powerful explosion which occurred roughly at 11.15 p.m. on Thursday." (11/10/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/taliban-attack-on-german-consulate-kills-2-in-afghanistan-116111100086_1.html  

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Iraq: Amnesty accuses possible regime forces of crimes in Mosul

November 10, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Rights group Amnesty International has accused men in Iraqi police uniforms of torture and unlawfully killing villagers 'in cold blood,' in the operation to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIS control. Amnesty said in a statement Thursday that up to six people were extrajudicially executed in late October, apparently due to suspicions they had ties to the ISIS militant group." (11/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/10/middleeast/amnesty-iraqi-forces-killings/  

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Turkey: Several, including district governor, wounded in bombing

November 10, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"An attack on a government building in southeastern Turkey has wounded several people including a district governor, according to officials and state media. The office of the Derik district's governor in Mardin province, near the border with Syria, was attacked with an improvised explosive device, a local government statement said on Wednesday. Fatih Safiturk, the district governor, was wounded in the attack, officials said." (11/10/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/derik-governor-injured-attack-turkey-mardin-161110112851765.html  

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Somalia: Al-Shabab claims car bomb attack near parliament

November 7, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Two Somali soldiers died and five others were injured when a car bomb claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab exploded on Saturday near the parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police said. Al Shabaab has stepped up its campaign of bombings and gun assaults in Mogadishu in recent months ahead of parliamentary elections which are expected to take place within weeks. Col. Abdiqadir Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters the explosion had occurred near the parliament building, while another police officer, Major Hussein Nur, said the car bomb hit a military vehicle at a junction checkpoint." (11/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-war-idUSKBN1300MO  

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Iraq: Suicide bombers in ambulances kill 25

November 7, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Suicide bombers driving ambulances packed with explosives detonated their vehicles at a checkpoint and a car park for Shiite pilgrims in two Iraqi cities Sunday, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The twin attacks took place in Tikrit and Samarra, as Iraqi troops and security forces battled to retake the northern city of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) militants who have controlled it for more than two years. They appeared to be part of a series of diversionary attacks by the extremists, who have struck the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, the capital Baghdad and a western desert town during the three-week Mosul campaign." (11/06/16)

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Nov-07/379975-suicide-bombers-in-ambulances-kill-25-people-in-iraq.ashx  

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Mali: UN trooper, two civilians killed

November 6, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Authorities say Islamic militants have launched attacks on both a U.N. peacekeeping convoy and a Malian military camp in the country's north, killing at least three people. Radhia Achouri with the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA, said a Togolese peacekeeper was killed Sunday morning along with two civilians when the convoy was attacked in Gourma. Seven other peacekeepers were wounded, three of them seriously, Achouri said." (11/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/peacekeeper-killed-wounded-north-mali-convoy-attack-43345343  

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Iraq: Regime, Islamic State forces battle on streets of Mosul

November 3, 2016
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CNN CNN    

Iraqi forces have entered ISIS-held Mosul for the first time in more than two years and are battling ISIS militants on the front line, defense officials told CNN. Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahsin Ibrahim told CNN that units of the 9th Armored Division had entered the city on Thursday, adding that troops had stormed the neighborhood of al Intisar in the east. ... Officials had warned that entering Mosul would likely trigger the fiercest fighting yet, and that the battle is expected to be fought 'street to street,' or even 'house to house.'" (11/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/03/middleeast/mosul-offensive-iraq-troops-in/  

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Afghanistan: Two occupation troops killed

November 3, 2016
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Toledo Blade    

"Two U.S. service members were killed today battling Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan alongside local troops, NATO said, rare combat deaths for American forces who largely handed over securing the war-torn nation to Afghan troops some two years ago. Local officials later said they were investigating claims that civilians also were killed in the fighting, possibly in a retaliatory airstrike. NATO described the Americans killed and two other Americans wounded in the assault as being part of 'a train, advise and assist mission' in Afghanistan's Kunduz province." (11/03/16)

http://www.toledoblade.com/World/2016/11/03/NATO-says-2-US-service-members-killed-in-Afghanistan.html  

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India-Pakistan border firing kills 19 people amid rising tensions over Kashmir

November 1, 2016
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Sky News [UK]    

"At least 19 people have been killed in recent firing between India and Pakistan across the disputed border in Kashmir. The two nuclear-armed powers have been ratcheting up shelling and small-arms fire for weeks, with each accusing the other of violating a 2003 ceasefire. ... Two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since partition and independence from Britain in 1947 have been fought over Kashmir." (11/01/16)

http://news.sky.com/story/india-pakistan-border-firing-kills-19-people-amid-rising-tensions-over-kashmir-10640542  

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Afghanistan: Regime claims it thwarted attack on Indian consulate

October 26, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Afghan authorities have arrested two men who were planning to attack the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad and seized bomb-making equipment, the National Directorate for Security said on Wednesday. The arrests come at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir and after an attack on a police academy in the Pakistani city of Quetta this week in which around 60 people were killed." (10/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-india-attack-idUSKCN12Q1X7  

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Spain: Regime under pressure from “allies” to refuse refuel of Russian warships

October 26, 2016
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Daily Star Lebanon    

"Spain was under pressure Wednesday from its allies to refuse permission for Russian warships headed for the Syrian coast to refuel at one of its ports. Russia's request to allow its ships to stop on Spanish territory 'are under review' while Spain weighs input from its allies and Russian authorities, the foreign ministry said in an e-mail. The ministry said Russian ships have for years made stops in Spanish ports and that permission is granted on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the safety of local residents and the environment. ... NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern that the flotilla could take part in Syria air strikes." [editor's note: Has anyone called it to Stoltenberg's attention that HIS ships are taking part in Syria air strikes? - TLK] (10/26/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-26/378257-spain-under-pressure-to-refuse-refuel-of-russian-warships.ashx  

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Afghanistan: Taliban use drone to film suicide attack

October 26, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"The Afghan Taliban have released aerial footage of a suicide car bombing in southern Helmand province, marking the first time the media-savvy militant group has used a drone to record an attack. The 23-minute video shows a suicide bomber ramming a Humvee into a military base in volatile Nawa district, triggering a mushroom cloud of flames and smoke and razing the entire compound. With pro-Taliban poems playing in the background, the video reported Tuesday by the US-based SITE Intelligence group shows a turban-clad bomber in front of a Humvee, hugging fellow fighters before he departs." (10/25/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/afghan-taliban-drone-film-suicide-attack-105846912.html  

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Pakistan: Quetta police academy attacked, 200 cadets rescued

October 25, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Pakistani police training academy in Quetta was attacked Monday and an unknown number of cadets were taken hostage, according to officials. About 500 cadets live in a hostel at the academy. Five or six 'terrorists entered the training school and (went) straight to the hostel where they took cadets hostage,' the Pakistani army said in a statement. It was unclear how many students were being held. 'The military has been deployed to the location,' the army said. Two hundred cadets were rescued Monday night, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province." (10/24/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/24/world/pakistan-police-academy-attack/  

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Syria: In renewed Aleppo attacks, regime troops capture high ground

October 24, 2016
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Woodland Park Record    

"Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia -- a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- said it was not planning more 'humanitarian pauses' in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts. Fighting resumed in Aleppo over the weekend, following a days-long lull announced by Moscow that was meant to allow rebels and civilians to leave the eastern districts. The rebels rejected the Russian offer and none of the civilians left. Government troops launched a fresh offensive and on Monday took the hilltop of Bazo on the southern edge of Aleppo, near military bases, and shelled the rebel neighborhoods, according to opposition activists." (10/24/16)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-renewed-aleppo-attacks-syrian-troops-capture-high-ground-1.1681976  

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Iraq: Islamic State forces attack Kirkuk

October 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS militants attacked several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said, even as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the terror group for control of the second-largest city of Mosul. Dozens of militants targeted four police stations and Kurdish security offices in Kirkuk, spreading themselves out through several residential neighborhoods. The clashes were ongoing in the southern part of the city as of Friday morning, security officials said. A number of people were killed and wounded, but officials could not provide an exact figure." (10/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/middleeast/iraq-kirkuk-attacks/  

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